Spending Club Funds
There are several methods for spending your club funds or ASUCM allocations. Please plan ahead and allow plenty of time to submit forms to OSL so we can help you make your purchases before your event. Before any purchases for an event can be processed, the event notification form must be submitted through CATLife.
The purchase request should be made two to five weeks before the items or service is required in order to allow suffient time for processing. This timeline OSL Purchasing Timeline Guide will help guide you on how long different type of requests can take. Your request could be turned down if the timeline is not followed.
A purchase order is a promise to pay (IOU) for products or services. Purchase orders are the means the university uses to order supplies and services through an account payable system. Vendors receive a specific numbered purchase order that promises the vendor they will be paid within at least 30 days from the purchase date, as long as an invoice is sent to accounts payable.
Most vendors invoice the university directly, but others will give you the invoice and then you must turn it into OSL to forward it to Accounts Payable.
* Attach an estimate or quote from the vendor to the CatLife purchase request form.
** Purchase orders for food must have an attendee list and flyer/agenda turned in within two days after event.
Reimbursements will be made when a club member has used their own money to purchase something for their club. This method is discouraged, since reimbursement checks can take up to four weeks. Be sure to use this method only if you have the extra personal funds available. Always ask before purchasing something on your own, as OSL may have a better method. Any reimbursement over $200 must be pre-approved.
The original itemized receipt must be dropped off at the OSL front desk after the Reimbursement request is submitted in CatLife.
**Reimbursements for food must have an attendee list and agenda/flyer turned in within two days after event.
Procurement Card Purchases
OSL has a credit card that can be used to purchase items that cannot be purchased by other means, such as items from stores in town or online purchases. In order to use the credit card for a purchase, submit a Procurement Card request in CatLife. If the purchase is for something at a store in town, arrangements must be made with Connie McBride to go to the store to pay for the items.
If the purchase is for something online, print out the shopping cart page and attach it to the purchase request form in CatLife.
*Some common restricted items for Procurement Card purchases are:
Travel related expenses
Declining Credit Card
OSL has a declining credit card available for students to check out for purchases needed in town, for stores that do not take purchase orders.
A Declining Credit Card purchase request must be submitted through CatLife and then arrange an appointment to meet with Connie McBride. When the student comes in to pick up the card, they will sign a responsibiliy agreement and verify the balance on the card with Connie. When the purchase is completed, the original itemized receipt must be turned in to OSL within 24 hours or next business day. The cards balance will be reconciled and signed off by student. Only the student assigned the card will be able to make the purchase and return receipt.
Several departments on campus have been approved to be recharge units. Currently they include:
- Catering (Dining Services)
- Transportation and Parking Services
- College Store
- Mail/Copy Services
- Police and Public Safety
A campus recharge must be submitted through CatLife. Attach a copy of the quote or email verifying the items ordered.
Departments issuing the recharge will ask OSL for your club’s FAU (which is your account number) and verify funds are available.
If the recharge is from catering, a participant list and agenda or flyer is to be turned in to OSL front desk within two days of the event